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Spring Practice Notes 4/6

The Alabama Crimson Tide held practice for the twelfth time this spring inside Bryant-Denny Stadium on Friday afternoon. The Tide practiced in much cooler conditions than on Wednesday. The sun was out and the temperature was around 70 degrees during practice.

  • Eddie Lacy (toe), Blake Sims (hip) and Arie Kouandjio (knee) continued to be held out of practice. Blake Sims was walking the stairs at the stadium, perhaps getting in a little rehab.
  • Early enrollee T.J. Yeldon still had a cast around his wrist, but he seemed to be able to push through drills with no restrictions.
  • Suspended wide receivers Duron Carter, Ronald Carswell and Michael Bowman were nowhere to be found.
  • Phillip Sims, who has been dealing with a sore shoulder, was participating in drills but was not passing.
  • Freshman Alphonse Taylor continued to work with the offensive line at left guard . It will be interesting to see how he develops at the position, but Chance Warmack noted on Wednesday that Taylor was learning quickly and a genuine joy to be around.
  • Brent Calloway was still working with the H-Backs on Friday. Calloway, who began his career at running back, moved to linebacker to begin spring practice. On Wednesday, the coaching staff moved Calloway to H-Back on a “trial basis.” Coach Saban emphasized on Wednesday that the important thing is to get Calloway reps at a position where he can make an impact and begin learning.
  • Sophomore DeAndrew White looked as close to full-strength as he ever has – at least during the brief media observation period – during his career at Alabama. White tweaked his hamstring earlier in the spring, but has since recovered. White will likely be a key contributor to the Alabama air attack in 2012.
  • Sophomore Adrian Hubbard continues to look impressive. Hubbard has repeatedly been named by Coach Saban as a player at the outside linebacker spot that has had a good spring. His overwhelming size (6-6, 248 pounds) is not what you typically see from a linebacker, but his ability to rush off the edge combined with the rest of his unique skill set makes him one of Alabama’s more intriguing assets heading into 2012.
  • The first offensive line was the same on Friday. From left to right: Cyrus Kouandjio, Warmack, Jones, Steen, and Fluker.
  • The Crimson Tide will hold its second scrimmage of spring practice on Friday before breaking for Easter weekend. The Tide will return to the practice field next Monday.

The Tide will continue spring practice Monday as it prepares for April 14th’s A-Day game in Bryant-Denny Stadium. We’ll have continuing coverage throughout spring practice on

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